Any value to wild chicory?

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  1. tinknal

    tinknal Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have wild chicory here in abundence. I know the oldimers would dry the root and ad it to coffee to stretch it out. Is there any comercial value to the stuff?
     
  2. mtnbluet881

    mtnbluet881 Well-Known Member

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    Found something quite interesting about the chicory root. It is high in inulin which has many benefits--http://www.raysahelian.com/inulin.html
    (http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Cichorium+intybus)

    Also see the Transformation of chicory into a high value non-food crop © BioMatNet in http://www.molecularfarming.com/nonmedical.html

    Exciting that it is a natural source of inulin--good to have but difficult to find in the natural.
     

  3. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We have a wild plant that grows along the edges of country roads. I've heard it called chickery but I am not certain that is correct. It is blooming right now with bright blue flowers. The plants are two to three feet tall with sparse light green leaves. It is quite pretty until the county mows the road and chops down the flowers. It spreads along the roads, but doesn't get out into the farm ground much. Does that sound like chickery??
     
  4. tinknal

    tinknal Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yup, sounds exactly like it, Will.